John, 41, released the album on December 28, 2004, and he took to Instagram to remember the album and look back on how far he has come since its release.
John wrote: “15 years ago, we released my debut major label album #GetLifted on GOOD/Columbia Records. Thanks to everyone who has been with me on this amazing journey ever since. I always had big dreams for my life as a musician. Even when I was a young kid watching the Grammys and Star Search and Soul Train, I wanted to be on those stages. When my parents played albums on their record player, I dreamed of the day when I would make my own records. But you never know if it’s all going to happen. And my biggest hopes and dreams have been exceeded by reality.”
John also thanked his collaborators on the album, who include Kanye West, Dave Tozer, Devo Harris and will.i.am.
He added: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has been a part of it. So much of it started with #GetLifted. Special thanks to my collaborators on that album: particularly @kanyewest, @davetozer, @springsteezy and @iamwill. Thanks for believing in me before everyone else.
Thanks for helping to shape my sound and helping to introduce me to the world. Love you all #GetLifted15.”